Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Bye Bye March, Here Comes April!: March 2010 Favorites (plus Shu Uemura is leaving the U.S.)

Since today's the last day of March, I decided that I'm going to start doing a "Monthly Favorites" post every last day of every month. This will feature my "new" or "rediscovered" products that I keep reaching for during the month. "Normal" routine items will not be featured. Here's what's on my list of March favorites:

1. MAC beauty powder in "Shell Pearl" (Liberty of London Collection)
Since I got this a few weeks ago, I can't stop using this! This was originally one of the "I guess I'll just get it" products and it turned out to be fantastic! In the beginning, I liked it mainly for its packaging (for reviews, click here and here.) Now, I'm completely in love with it and will probably use it through Spring and Summer. It gives the perfect highlight shade and "awakens" my face.
2. MAC blush ombre in "Springshine" (Spring Colour Forecast Collection)
I've been using this almost on a daily basis since Colour Forecast came out. It's really weird because I don't often use MAC products on my face -so this month has been wild. (For the review, click here.) I'm just really into nudey blushes lately and this is a bronzey nude with a hint of peach. It can also be used as a bronzer but for me, it's more of a blush.
3. LORAC 3D Multiplex gloss in "Polished"
I am so, SO in love with this gloss. I've done previous reviews on the gloss (click here) and after falling in love with it in other colors, I ran out and bought this one (click here to view swatches of all the colors from the line.) Unlike all the other colors from the line, Polished is fairly sheer -which makes it nice for an every day gloss. I've been wearing this almost daily (on my gloss only days) and love it. It's so moisturizing that I don't even panic anymore when I've forgotten my lip balm and only have this. The little holographic "ring" on the tube is starting to wear off because I've been using it so much. I will do a more indepth review on this color soon.
This is one of my rediscoveries. I used to love wearing Snob but MAC lipsticks can be a bit drying on me. It also felt a little too bright during the colder months. Now I've refallen in love with it. It's just the prettiest pastel pink ever. I find that it's helpful to first apply a generous layer of lip balm. Let that "marinate" in your lips for a good 10-15 minutes. Then apply the lipstick, blot, and reapply. This makes it feel better on my lips.
I've tried this in the other colors in the past -but never really liked them. I've had a sample of "2 Mauve" -which didn't seem to do anything for me "brightening wise" and "4 Caramel" which was too dark. They both smelled like paint too (like wall paint.) Those experiences steered me away from this primer for a long time. I saw that Sephora was offering a MUFE gift set and I jumped at the offer since it was only $29 for 3 products (travel size.) Here's what it looks like:
The thing was, if I ended up liking this, I could keep the travel size (for trips) and buy the regular size for use at home. If I didn't like it, I'd just return it. I ended up loving this. It doesn't smell like paint -like the other 2 I've tried and I'm not sure why. The primer goes on smoothly and doesn't dry my super dry (sometimes) crocodile skin out! That's a must. My makeup also lasted longer and went on smoother. Will do a more indepth review soon.
The kit also included this loose powder. I've been looking for a translucent set powder for a long time. The MAC Pro Invisible Powder dried me out and the other set powders I have are colored. This one works pretty well. My skin doesn't have any bad reactions to it so I'm really liking this stuff. The powder goes on "invisible" and I don't look chalky or pale -which I really love! (Other translucent powders can be too light.) Also, the small container will probably last me a really, really long time -I'm not planning on buying the regular size. Also, this product's only ingredient is silica. For a product with that 1 ingredient -I don't think it should be priced so high at $30. I've read from all over the place that you can find the same thing at TKB Trading or Coastal Scents. I'm probably going to buy one from TKB sooner or later, but I don't really like Coastal Scents products in general (they've made me break out and I don't like their palettes. You probably think I'm insane!) Will do a more indepth review soon.

On another note, I briefly mentioned in my last post that Shu Uemura would be leaving the United States for good. So I guess no more Shu Uemura at Nordstrom or Sephora or anywhere here in the U.S.! That really is a bummer because the brand is just lovely. However, we U.S. customers can still purchase Shu Uemura products through their website so that's some good news! They offer free shipping for $50+ orders (hope that still applies in the future.) This makes me want to buy their products ASAP but several Nordstroms don't carry the line. And it really stinks that Nordstrom doesn't offer free shipping unless your order is a whopping $200. Come on Nordstrom. I guess I can order directly from their site but I don't want to deal with online returns if I don't like the product. I really want some of their pink and nude Rouge Unlimited lipsticks (most are sold out at Sephora online.) Anyways, I read about this here on Temptalia first.

What were your March favorites? How do you feel about Shu Uemura leaving us?!

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